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  1. IT DOESN’T MATTER MY HAIR NATURAL OR RELAXED IT’S THICK WITH WAVES THAT CAN COIL NO BLACKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA EVER TALK ABOUT ETHNIC WOMEN WITH WAVES SOMEBODY GIVE ADVICE ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT A LOT OF PRODUCTS DON’T WORK FOR GEL IT FLAKES OR LEAVES RESIDUE EVEN ECO STYLE GEL DOES IT CANTU CREAMS DON’T GO IN MY FOLLICLES IT BEADS UP AND CHANGE DEEP CONDITIONERS A LOT I WANT TO STICK TO PRODUCTS THAT WORK REPETEADLY TIL I FIND BETTER ONES!

    • Garnier fructis, and Giovanni both work great for your hair type. My mom and daughter both have thick wavie hair. Black hair products are probably not going to work for you. You shouldn’t be using “curly” hair products. Your hair isn’t curly boo❤️. I really hope this helps.

  2. I have very fine cotton hair it breaks easy, if I don’t use tons of gel it doesn’t hold a sleek look, If I don’t but a ton of holding spray before curling it will not hold a curl, after a while my hair will look like a afro. it gets a weird curl wave pattern and it’s stays dry. I don’t know what kind of hair I have. I wore a lot of weaves and braids breaks my hair and I get bald spots the last year I’ve gotten it cut and slick it down with tons of gel. I don’t know what to do. I said I was going to make some wigs and keep it moisturize and covered for the next year and see what happens. Im 55 years old and still don’t know what I want to do with my hair.

    • I THINK YOU MIGHT BE 4B OR 4C . GEL IS NOT GOOD FOR THIS HAIR TYPE.
      AND IF YOU WEAR WEAVE OR BRAIDS , YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE NOT TO PULL TO MUCH ON
      YOUR HAIR . THIS IS WHAT CREATE BALD SPOT.

      IF YOUR HAIR IS THE PLANT, YOUR SCALP IS THE GARDEN .
      YOU NEED TO MOSTURIZE IT, AND NOURRISH IT

      MOSTURIZER IS WATER BASED PRODUCT
      ” SHEA MOTION ” COMPAGNY HAS GREAT PRODUCT FOR THIS HAIR TYPE

      THEN YOU NOURRISH IT WITH AN OIL (LIGHT OIL TO PENETRED THE SHAFT OF YOUR HAIR )
      COCONOT OIL , OLIVE OIL , ALMOND OIL AND GREAT OIL FOR US

      EACH ONE OF THEM HAS A DIFFRERENT PORPUSE . SO TRY IT , MIX THEM , PLAY WITH THEM AND FIND
      WHICH YOU LIKE BEST.

      FINALLY YOU NEED TO SEEL , THE MOSTURE AND YOUR ENDS WITH A BUTTER OR EVEN AND OIL
      JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR IS THICK ENOUGH TO BE A SEALER
      SHEA BUTTER IS REALLY GOOD ALSO . AND THEN SOME LIKE TO USE GEL AT THIS POINT…

      BUT I HAVE 4C HAIR MY SELF AND I EXPERIENCE THE SAME PROBLEM YOU HAVE.
      THINING EDGE AND BALD SPOT . I THEN LEARN TO GO BACK TO MY ROOT .
      I SHAVE MY HEAD , AND RESTART. NO BRAIDS, NO TWIST, NO WIG.
      MY ANCESTOR DID’NT HAVE GEL .. SO WHY SHOULD I USE GEL.
      MY HAIR IS KINKY … WHY SOULD I HIDE IT.

      EVERY SINCE , MY HAIR HAS BEEN FLOORISHING.

      **PS: IF YOU REALLLLY USE GEL , TRY NATURAL GEL LIKE ALOE VERA GEL . IT MAKE WONDERS.
      AND DON’T FORGET TO CLEAN YOUR SCALP WITH A SOLFATE FREE SHAMPOO.
      ALSO, DO DEEP CONDITIONNER AND HOT OIL SESSION , AND MASAGE YOUR SCALP

    • Your hair sounds similar to mine: fine , cottony, tends to be dry , porous & won’t hold curls for a twist out. Just turns into a really nice Afro. I call it 4ab because I don’t have any Z Shaped strands just tiny coils. I find that QHEMET BIOLOGICS products work very well. It’s a BLACK OWNED company & I have the whole line; it’s pricey but is top quality & the two creams ( Amla & olive heavy cream and burdock root butter cream.) last forever .You can read about the company here : Qhemet Biologics.com . You can order sample sizes from them . You can also buy them at SEPHORA stores. I heard about Qhemet a few years ago & they are the best for very dry hair; a little goes a long way. I’ve tried other lines but always come back.

  3. I have type 4B & 4C hair.. I am completely white. IRISH/English/and some American Indian. I am fair skinned and blonde hair.. My hair is soft and dry and breaks fairly easy. My hair is short and I have Never really had a hair cut. Nobody and nothing has ever been able to help it to grow, not break, etc and now that I am menopause age it is thinning.. I have tried hundreds and hundreds of products.. I cannot do anything with it as there is no rhyme or rythym to it so straightening is all I can do at the salon. Yes I know this is hard on it but going natural is NOT an option.. you would have to see it to know.. hoping to try Monat products for growth and more next.. any experience with that?

    • See my post about Qhemet Biologics. It’s for very dry Afro hair type but it should work well for you. I’m post menopause African American & have had some thinning. I use MEN’S ROGAINE on my way temples &nape. My dermatologist says my hair is very healthy but gave me a steroid cream for those thin spots. Try seeing a dermatologist; some menopauseal women have thyroid issues & that affects hair. Make sure you eat well with lots of veggies & REAL FOOD not processed stuff. Vitamins with essential fatty acids are good.I’ve also been using PuraD’Or hair loss shampoo I get from Rite Aid.

  4. I guess Dee has a point which Margot explained quite diplomatically. An article on kinky hair should at the very least portray a range of our darkness and where our darker shades are ignored, it could alienate and prevent us from identifying with the content. I went further than the images just because I like reading. And the content was good. Thanks.

  5. I know this sounds weird but my hair has the 3b curl pattern but my hair texture is similar to the one of 4a. What hair regimen should I follow as I’m not sure what to do? Majority of my hair length shows, it doesn’t shrink much.

  6. The models featured all look mixed, so their hair types do not represent the whole spectrum of black women and your article does not show anyone of true African American heritage or the whole spectrum of black women hair textures which make up a more accurate representation of hair types. I personally do not see my own hair type represented here, which is very fine hair with a very soft baby texture, which is flyaway and flat with no body or much curl definition and I can’t identify my hair type from your article or photos.

    • This page is meant to give a basic overview of ALL curly hair types using the Andre Walker hair typing system as a basis. This system includes type 3 hair, which are women with looser curls(mixed, latina, or white women) and type 4 hair which most African American women have. Hair typing is not the end all be all, as it is limited. There is so much variation in our textures that is simply not represented with this system. What hair typing is useful for is giving a basic guide on what types of products may be best and how to treat your hair.

    • Based on my understanding of your comment, I think the complexion of the models is a different issue than their hair texture type. It seems that the hair types represented are a variance of all possible textures. Perhaps there could have been a darker complexioned model with 3b or 3c textured hair and like the 4b model featured, someone who has a fairer complexion with a more kinky hair texture. However, the description of hair textures would have remained the same, but your perception of the hair types featured may have been viewed differently.

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